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Parental Involvement

Looking for a School for Your Child? How Do You Find the Right One?

Tara Chklovski | Posted 01.16.2015 | Education
Tara Chklovski

We just began a search for a school for our 5 year old daughter and it has been interesting to view schools from a parent's point of view (rather than from a collaborating partner's point of view).

How Do You Develop a Scalable STEM Education Model That Nurtures Deep Learning?

Tara Chklovski | Posted 11.09.2014 | Education
Tara Chklovski

I was very intrigued by Alex Hernandez's post about scalable K-12 solutions and wanted to share some of our own hard won lessons in trying to build a scalable STEM education solution.

#FatherhoodForum: Can Fathers Lead the Fight to Reform Education?

Curtis Valentine | Posted 09.20.2014 | Parents
Curtis Valentine

The academic impact on children with a highly involved father is strong, but the benefit of an involved father on a child's life skills is just as valuable. T

Fighting the Beast: Is The Cost Of Getting Sane Driving You Crazy Too?

K | Posted 07.20.2014 | Politics

I am writing anonymously to protect my daughter. She is mentally ill at the moment and suffers from, among other things, depression. I take no chances. I also won't name the corporation that is driving me insane. I am afraid of it. I'm sure it's much the same as all the others anyhow. I'll call it "The Beast."

5 Things I Wish I'd Given My Kids Less Of

Hilary Wilce | Posted 05.18.2014 | Parents
Hilary Wilce

We parents can spend a lot of time worrying about whether we're giving our children enough of what they need. But what if we're giving them too much of the wrong things?

Public Education Reform Successes of 2013

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 04.30.2014 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

In 2013, the American public was schooled in a lot of things. The iPhone 5s brought even more smartphone technology into the hands of consumers, Paula...

In Praise of Helicopter Parents

Kathleen Reardon | Posted 03.09.2014 | College
Kathleen Reardon

I have explained to my children that when it comes to higher education, their parents are active co-investors. Thus we expect regular reports both from the universities and from them. Otherwise, both can expect to hear from us.

A Million Dollar Opportunity for Mothers

George Halvorson | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
George Halvorson

We can now predict with a high level of accuracy by age three which children will be able to read.

Redefining Quality Family Time in an Overscheduled Society

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

It's a hard message for today's modern family to remember, but an important one: a busy family does not necessarily make a happy family.

The Key to Boosting Your Child's Health and IQ: Your Time

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

As parents, you are the number one most effective source of stress relief in your child's life, and that time spent together as a family has a profound impact on your child's academics.

Cyber-Bullying, Social Media, and Parental Responsibility

Sam Fiorella | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Sam Fiorella

What role have the parents of bullies played in these cases? Why are parents giving young children smart phones with 24/7 access to social networks? More importantly, why are they not diligently monitoring their kids' online activity?

Top Ways Kids Hide Their Online Behavior From Parents

Russ Warner | Posted 06.16.2013 | Technology
Russ Warner

Parents should openly discuss the use of technology with their kids. A parent has the right to protect a child (as the parent). You would establish rules for the use of the family car, right?

What if Frank Bruni Has a Point?

Stacey Gill | Posted 06.09.2013 | Parents
Stacey Gill

All parents, understandably, love and hope to be loved by their children. But that shouldn't be the goal to the exclusion of all others. And Bruni isn't far from the mark when he claims parents often half-expect children to be able to raise themselves without any set rules or boundaries.

Class Privilege and Parental Leave

Lisa Wade | Posted 04.10.2013 | Parents
Lisa Wade

Without state support for early parenting, being present in those precious early months is a class-based privilege, one that ultimately exacerbates the very class disadvantage that creates unequal access to the luxury of parenting in the first place.

Parental Involvement in Education: What Kind? To What Ends?

Alfie Kohn | Posted 04.08.2013 | Parents
Alfie Kohn

Exhortations for more "parental involvement" remind me of calls to be "a good citizen": In the abstract, everyone is for it. But inspected closely, what's most often meant by the term turns out to be considerably more complicated and even worthy of skepticism.

Parents 'Won't Back Down' From School Choice

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 11.26.2012 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

Can a feature-length movie help promote the reform of our schools?

Education Reform Is Much More Than Partisan Politics

Kevin P. Chavous | Posted 08.07.2012 | Education
Kevin P. Chavous

There is no Republican or Democratic way to teach a kid to read, write, count or compete. Only good teachers, good parents, and good schools can do that.

Rescuing the Kid in the Closet: Taking the Emotional Health of Kids Seriously

Rev. Romal J. Tune | Posted 07.08.2012 | Education
Rev. Romal J. Tune

Too often, little is said about the emotional story of children in poor communities trying to make sense of life circumstances that even a balanced adult would find difficult to manage.

All You Need is Love

Tammy Gold | Posted 06.03.2012 | Parents
Tammy Gold

A parent's love, affection, and attention is by far the most influential tool in childhood advancement.

Do Involved Parents Help Teens Learn Better?

| Laura McMullen | Posted 02.20.2012 | Home

As kids get older and advance to high school, talking to them about their school life can become more difficult for parents. With younger children, pa...

The Joy of Reading Can Take You So Many Places: A Chat With Gayle King

Earl Martin Phalen | Posted 02.02.2012 | Parents
Earl Martin Phalen

"What you realize -- and this is the thing about kids -- is that you can read the same thing over and over and over and over and over and over and they still love it. It gives you lifelong connections that you can't even begin to imagine."

Inside DPS: Why You Should Never Miss a Parent-Teacher Conference

Jennifer Mrozowski | Posted 03.27.2012 | Detroit
Jennifer Mrozowski

I can hear it already: "Why should we have to incentivize parents to attend parent-teacher conferences?" But here's the thing: It works.

Understanding Parental Involvement

Matthew Lynch, Ed.D. | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
Matthew Lynch, Ed.D.

Effective parent involvement programs are best achieved when the program reflects the circumstances, needs, and potential contributions of families who are a part of the school community.

Beyond Damage Control: Equipping Parents With Real Tools to Support Their Children in Mexico

Sara Vogel | Posted 03.26.2012 | Education
Sara Vogel

Parents who at one moment didn't even want to set foot in the school to watch their children give oral presentations now do what they can to support the school: They paint the building, sweep the floors, and cook for students and visitors.

Inside DPS: Faces of Volunteers Tell the Real Story

Steven Wasko | Posted 02.28.2012 | Detroit
Steven Wasko

Look a Reading Corps volunteer in the face, or see that familiar red CityYear jacket, or stumble upon the dozens of Quicken Loans staff who have adopted Chrysler School, and you might catch the volunteer fever yourself.